Hello from Augusta, Georgia! My name is Ruth Smisson and I work for Betsy Pittard Designs. I absolutely love my job! I graduated from Mercer University with a degree in English and worked in retail for over nine years. Working as Betsy’s Marketing Manager has helped me combine by love for writing with my love for fashion. What a wonderful opportunity.
On Valentine’s Day 2015, I am married my husband Benj. In March, we adopted a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix named Norah. I adore them both. In our free time, we enjoy being outside, especially by the grill and hammock. Though I love the family we have created here and the friends we have made, my heart is at home in Macon, Georgia. Because for me, it is more than my native city and hometown.
We recently moved to Augusta from Jackson, Mississippi. In the boutique I worked in, people would ask where I was from. I would always say, “I’m from Macon, Georgia. It’s about an hour south of Atlanta.” One day, a customer said, “Oh, I know Macon. Allman Brothers, right?” Then his wife piped in and said, “yeah, we know Macon! That’s where my sorority was founded.” And I realized that Macon has more to offer than just Atlanta. It has a sweet, comfortable charm that I miss very much. It is packed with history. It is full of wonderful people. No, I cannot fully describe it to you. An article would not do it justice. However, I can give you my favorite places, covering everything from the best places to grub to the places my credit card heats up in.
For the Foodies
Fish N’ Pig – Try the cheese grits, shrimp and a beer.
Dovetail – Go on a sunday and order the country sausage omelet with a mimosa.
Nu-Way Wieners – Get a hotdog. do not let the bright red color scare you.
The Rookery – Try the Allman Brother’s burger.
Natalia’s – Everything is delicious. literally.
For the Music Lovers
Bragg Jam – Macon’s largest music festival.
For the Shoppers
Head Over Heels – A favorite! It is conveniently located next to one of Macon’s favorite lunch spots, Fountain of Juice, and several other cute boutiques, including Rumor, Fab’rik, Sorella, and Karats and Keepsakes. Oh, and did I mention HOH is the only place with Betsy Pittard Designs in Macon?
Best Pampering Spots
Signature Salon – They do hair, makeup, spray tanning, the works!
MT Nail – My favorite nail salon.
Just Tap’d – The best place to get a beer in Macon.
Ocmulgee River – Float down it in the summertime